Kinship and bloodlines used to be so significant for me. Ever since my college days, I was always interested in genealogy and how my family was related to who or whom. I used to spend hours looking over family trees and tracing my ascendants, even to the point of reaching out to people who had the same last names as mine or any of my ascendants. I have created family trees on websites and shared this with relatives, near and far, old and new. Then I found myself becoming a mother to two children, a boy who just turned 25 and a girl, now 7. They may not be of my blood but they have all of my heart. Suddenly, bloodlines became irrelevant when it concerned my relationship with my children.